Archive for April 2010
2004 Gruesome evidence of one man show government of X-Cambodia took action against a simple individual is too scary. It’s an outrage for humanity.
The victim Chea Vichea was a determined labour advocate and unbudged by the governmental intimidation and threats over his course of expressive demands.
Chea Vichea died alone in advocating for the thousands of voiceless labourers.
Simply,Vichea wanted the labourers to be treated with respect and dignity in daily work worth in fairness and reasonable compensation. Apparently men with guns feared Vichea’s determination and demands for his fellow labourers rights to live free of fear and fairly treated in a democratic society.
Police General Heng Pov knew who’s the killer and attested,Vichea death and being shot like a stray dog in day ligfht was nobody else’s but the government. This is a flagrant violation of 1991 Paris Peace Accord and UN Universal Human Rights Charter.
So who’s the real killer? The answer is who’s the government in 2004?
It’s a shame to any one of conscience that a government is unable to identify and arrest the real killer/s for all these times. Yet for so many continue to bow down and hail the tyrant of formerly atheist and fearsome killer from Eastern Zone under Pol Pot regime.
Man who used to kill for a living will do again if his livelihood threatened,so Chea Vichea’s martyrdom is a witness to that. Government invented the killers and put them behind bars without due process.It seems the leading and ruling party is in caveat to halt the progress of human rights and decency in Cambodia.
Hypocrisy in kleptocracy of Cambodia type is not so unusual,so people get used to powerful exploitation since the get going of the creation of the Kampuchean United Front for National Salvation (FUNSK) on the 25th November 1978 in formerly Khmer land fall under Yuon complete control post France illegal cessation signatory in June 1949 .
So as long as Cambodia remains under the man at the top of food chain dictation, people of Cambodia shall be worthy no better than a stray animal life when comes to the demand of the individuality and rights to be a citizen of the sovereign nation.
In the end people of Cambodia is either to be let live ,as usual, if they chose to ignore their voting right when come to next round of election. In men history none of god could help men in misery. But only men themselves can, so in order to build heaven of your imagination,do not wait for the late comer mighty.
Please people get used to do it for yourself, if you wanted it badly, and make sure you do not trade your endowded right for the handed out rotten fishes for a day meal. Beg to live is acceptable for a poor man but a powerful man lives to beg is a disgrace for his humanity.
In a nut shell, ca c’est bon-vivant a la mode de Sihanoukian!
30/4/2010 (PPenhPost) by Ou Mom and May Titthara
Siem Reap Province-Officials in Siem Reap province on Thursday engaged for the first time with villagers embroiled in a land dispute that over the past 16 months has resulted in a shooting, two court cases, 12 arrests and – early last year – a mini-revolt that saw protesters briefly lock lawyers and judges inside the provincial courthouse.
At an all-day “Peace Table” forum convened by the Community Legal Education Centre, residents from neighbouring Chi Kraeng and Anlong Samnor presented claims to land they have been fighting over since 1986.
Choung Ratana, secretary general of Siem Reap provincial hall, and Sok Bora, who represented the Justice Ministry, presided over the meeting along with CLEC lawyer and representative Huon Chun Dy. Conspicuously absent, however, were two businessmen whose recent claims to the land have ratcheted up tension between the two communes, ultimately fuelling a March 2009 shooting that left four Chi Kraeng villagers wounded.
After multiple rounds of presentations, the meeting ended inconclusively, with the officials in attendance saying little beyond praising the fact that discussions had unfolded civilly. The outcome frustrated those who have been pressing for a resolution.
“For this case, I think only Prime Minister Hun Sen can resolve it, because the provincial authorities have no interest in helping us,” said Kao Soupha, a lawyer who last June brought a complaint on behalf of the four men injured in the March 2009 altercation against military police officers accused by witnesses of opening fire on demonstrators.
“They just want to go to arrest more villagers, while they have never investigated the villagers’ complaints,” Kao Soupha added.
Others had a more positive take on the proceedings. Nou Puthyk, provincial coordinator for the rights group Licadho, said that Thursday’s meeting marked the first time that affected villagers and officials had actually discussed the dispute. He noted that much of it has unfolded in court.
“It is the first time that the parties and the authorities have come together,” he said. “Maybe the authorities want to know about the case now. In the past, they have just used the court to threaten villagers.”
Suos Narin, an investigator for the rights group Adhoc, said the dispute originated in 1986, when one large village split into Chi Kraeng and Anlong Samnor communes, leaving between them an unspecified number of hectares of farmland.
Though competing claims over this land – which he described as particularly fertile – were common from that point on, he said, they became particularly heated a few years ago when two businessmen emerged saying they had documents proving their ownership of the land. Neither Suos Narin nor officials could say on Thursday exactly when this claim was first made.
Those two businessmen, Chea Oem and Ly Savy, were not present at the meeting, though they have previously said that they plan to continue farming the land. Chea Oem has claimed ownership of 92 hectares, and Ly Savy has claimed 72.
Neither could be reached on Thursday.
Sou Phirin ruled in January 2009 that all of the disputed land belonged to Anlong Samnor, Suos Narin said.
Later that month, three Chi Kraeng villagers who had been summoned to the court for questioning over allegations that they were illegally farming land in Anlong Samlor were arrested on arrival, prompting some of their fellow villagers to lock everyone in the courtroom until their release was secured.
In March 2009, military police allegedly opened fire on Chi Kraeng villagers agitating for the right to farm the disputed land, and injured four of them. No military police officers have been the subject of any complaints, though 11 villagers were ultimately arrested.
On April 15 this year, the court arrested one more villager and charged him with illegal human detention in connection with the January 2009 courthouse incident.
All 12 arrested men are still behind bars, and court officials said Thursday that they could not provide updates on the status of their cases.
Toch Sopheakdey, provincial deputy prosecutor, said the detained men were facing an array of charges, and added: “I don’t know all the details. Please contact investigating judges.”
Other court officials declined to comment.
Though Thursday’s meeting concluded with no concrete progress, and no further meetings have been scheduled, Chi Kraeng district Governor Po Sereyroth Mony said he was optimistic that a resolution would eventually be reached. Explaining the purpose of the meeting, he said, “We are here to mediate, so that these communities can come up with their own solution.”
ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY BEJAN SIAVOSHY
30/4/2010 (PPenhPost by Vong Sokheng)
A total of 23 houses were completely destroyed and a further 200 damaged by a storm that injured three people when it blew through Preah Vihear province earlier this week, officials said Thursday.
Svay Phoeun, a village representative, said Tuesday’s storm, which wrought the most damage in Kulen district’s Srayong commune, was the worst the area had seen in several decades, and that his parents’ house had been among those destroyed in Srayong village.
“It is not only my parents, but 100 other people in the village now have no houses, and it will take a long time to rebuild them,” he said.
Keo Vy, chief of cabinet at the National Committee for Disaster Management, said storms occurring towards the beginning of the wet season destroy poorly constructed houses in rural areas every year.
“Our villagers are poor, and their wooden houses are not strong enough; therefore it is easy for them to be blown down when there are heavy storms and rain,” he said.
According to NCDM statistics, four villagers have been killed and 11 injured in storms in Preah Vihear during the first three months of this year. More than 200 homes have been destroyed, and nearly 900 have been damaged.
Storms in the same period last year killed 11 people and injured 38, while 270 houses were destroyed and 500 damaged, Keo Vy said.
The fugitive former premier, who was ousted in a 2006 coup, has been living abroad, mostly in Dubai, to avoid a two-year jail term for corruption.
He holds a Montenegro passport and arrived in the Adriatic republic last weekend to hold talks on possible investments in the country. He also holds a Nicaraguan passport.
Thaksin has been travelling often since his ouster. The former telecoms tycoon has made trips to Cambodia after Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen appointed him as an economic adviser last November.
He is also reported to have travelled to China, Russia, Hong Kong, Nicaragua, Swaziland, Britain, Germany, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland, among others.
He keeps in touch with his followers on Twitter and sometimes addresses their rallies via video link. A court seized US$1.4 billion (S$1.9 billion) of his fortune on Feb 26, two weeks before the round-the-clock rallies began.
30/4/2010(AFP)—BANGKOK – Thailand’s finance minister warned on Friday that if mass street protests in the capital last until the end of the year they may reduce 2010 economic growth by two percentage points.
‘The rally has already affected gross domestic product by 0.5 per cent,’ Korn Chatikavanij told reporters during a visit to Bangkok’s Silom business district, on the edge of a protest site in the capital’s commercial heart. Growth was previously predicted to reach 4.5 per cent this year.
Korn predicted Thailand’s first quarter growth – to be officially announced on May 24 – will hit nine per cent year-on-year, in line with the central bank’s prediction and on the back of economic recovery in Europe.
But he said the ‘Red Shirt’ demonstrations would hit second quarter growth, in particular the vital tourism sector, but also consumer spending and investment.
Mr Korn said the Bangkok protests had now triggered falls in visitor numbers on the southern tourist isle of Phuket, with advanced hotel booking figures now at only 12 per cent of occupancy.
The central Bank of Thailand has forecast tourist arrivals will be down seven per cent for the rest of the year, compared with last year’s figures.
30/4/2010(AFP)—BANGKOK – The international community is urging a peaceful resolution to Thailand’s protracted political crisis but is unlikely to intervene in the affairs of the key Western ally, experts say.
Following a series of violent confrontations in the heart of Bangkok and weeks of mass anti-government protests that have hit many businesses, including foreign hotels, diplomats say privately they are very worried.
But foreign governments seem unlikely to put strong pressure on either the protesters – who want greater social equality – or the authorities, who are insisting that they will not be bullied into calling snap elections. ‘There’s no real pressure being applied. People are just listening to both sides but trying to keep neutral ground,’ said one European diplomat on condition of anonymity.
Governments across the world have issued calls for ‘restraint’ and for a negotiated solution following the worst political violence in almost two decades, which has left 27 people dead and hundreds injured this month. ‘To date the level of bloodshed has not been such that a decisive intervention from the outside is going to happen,’ said Michael Montesano, a Singapore-based Thailand expert.
The United States, a longstanding and staunch ally of Thailand, is among the countries that have condemned the violence. The US embassy has also ‘intensively engaged in discussions’ both with the Thai government and the ‘Red Shirts’, a US State Department spokesman told reporters in Washington on Wednesday.
‘And our message remains … to peacefully resolve the situation,’ he said, without disclosing whether those talks were ongoing. Washington is thought unlikely to move beyond the usual expressions of concern and calls for restraint in a country that is often seen as a pillar of stability in the region despite its frequent political upheaval.
Thein Sein and 26 others registered to form the ‘Union Solidarity and Development Party’ on Thursday at the election commission in the capital city of Naypyidaw, the Myanmar Ahlin and New Light of Myanmar newspapers said.
Although he was not named as the party’s candidate for premier, official sources said the newly formed USDP was led by Thein Sein.
‘Prime minister Thein Sein will lead the Union Solidarity and Development Party,’ an official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Some other ministers are also involved in the party, including agriculture minister Htay Oo and industry minister Aung Thaung, the official said.
The prime minister and some 22 other ministers retired from their military posts on Monday, in a move seen as converting the leadership to civilian form ahead of the elections due this year.
The New Light of Myanmar reported 25 organisations have applied to form political parties over the past month. So far 12 of those have been cleared to campaign, while the rest are being scrutinised, the paper said. Critics charge that the elections will lack credibility because of laws that effectively bar opposition leader and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi from taking part.
30/4/2010( Straitstimes)—PENANG – The Sino (ethnics) no longer form the majority race in Penang, having been overtaken slightly by the Malay community, reported the Nanyang Siang Pau newspaper on Wednesday.
Penang was the only Chinese-majority state in Malaysia and the only one with a Chinese leader as Chief Minister.
The daily quoted Penang Statistics Department director Wan Mohamad Noor Wan Mahmood as saying that there are 18,000 more Malays this year than Chinese in Penang.
The population in the state is expected to reach 1.6 million this year, he added.
‘There are around 650,000 Chinese in Penang, making up about 43 per cent of the total population in 2005. This is expected to drop to 40.9 per cent this year.
‘For the Malays, their numbers will increase to over 670,000, up from 41.3 per cent of the total population to 42 per cent,’ he said.
More than 200 ‘red shirt’ protesters had barged into the grounds of Chulalongkorn University Hospital late on Thursday to look for troops.
They found none and left after roaming through the grounds, the lobby and car parks, some carrying wooden staves, for an hour. Some said they wanted to return on Friday to make sure there were no troops there but ‘red shirt’ leaders ruled it out.
‘We have told them it was an inappropriate move. We truly apologise for any inconvenience caused. Some were very concerned the hospital was harbouring troops,’ Weng Tojirakarn told Reuters.
The hospital is near the Silom business district, scene of deadly clashes on April 22. It evacuated some patients from late Thursday but hospital director Adisorn Patradul said it would remain open and many in-patients who cannot be moved would stay.
Hospital management denies there are any troops on its site but thousands of soldiers and riot police are in the area to contain a weeks-long protest movement aimed at forcing Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to dissolve parliament and hold early elections. — REUTERS